Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. However, all floods are not alike. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud, and other debris and can sweep away most things in its path. Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry stream beds, or low-lying ground that appears harmless in dry weather can flood.
What is the flood risk where I live?
To prepare for a flood, you should:
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If a flood is likely in your area, you should:
If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:
If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:
The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:
The following are guidelines for the period following a flood:
Recovering from and coping with flood damaged property